A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

It's Christmas and we're heading to the ruins of Dougga. Before, it's a visit to Kairouan's Grand Mosque. Seven pilgrimages to this mosque is considered the equivalent of one pilgrimage to Mecca. As such, Kairouan is considered a holy place for Muslims.

According to UNESCO, which qualified Dougga as a World Heritage Site in 1997, the location represents "the best-preserved Roman small town in North Africa." It is simply an amazing site rich with rich Punic, Numidian, ancient Roman and Byzantine history. And I am here on Christmas day with the most beautiful woman in Tunisia by my side. Thank you, Santa. Here I take my usual assortment of color and black & white shots.

Upon our arrival back to Tunis, I make a run to the airport to retrieve my lost bag. I'm told there is a large room full of unclaimed bags I will get to sort through. I have visions of the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the Ark of the Covenant is being placed into storage. The reality is not quite so expansive. The bags are sorted by airline, though mine is not among the lost bags of Air France. Out of the corner of my eye I catch the back of my bag and we are finally reunited.

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